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Tactical Tip Tuesday - Microcast 18

Tactical Tip Tuesday - Microcast 18

December 14, 2021

Tactical Tip Tuesday is a weekly microcast where we will share a tip, tool, or dose of inspiration for the week ahead.

 

This week: Own Your Experience

On this week's podcast, Wendy talks about why she retired, the forces at play behind that decision, and the path to clarity, personal growth, and new opportunities.

 

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Episode #24: Blue for Brian – The Arterburn’s Story of tragedy, healing, and resilience

Episode #24: Blue for Brian – The Arterburn’s Story of tragedy, healing, and resilience

December 7, 2021

Today we will hear a conversation I had with Claudale Arterburn, a retired Wichita police officer. Claudale is married to Brian Arterburn, also a veteran police officer who is now medically retired due to injuries he sustained in February 2017 while attempting to capture a felony suspect, an incident that nearly took his life and left him with a TBI and other serious medical issues.

Claudale shares the details of that day, walks us through what life has been like for both her and Brian, and the complications of traumatic brain injuries.  At a time when Brian and Claudale were looking forward to starting their life together, as they had just been married 3 weeks prior, she was making life and death decisions for Brian.

In February 2017, Brian was conducting surveillance in South Wichita, a regular part of his job.  While attempting to capture a fleeing felon in a stolen vehicle, Brian was run over.  He suffered chest, abdomen, and brain injuries and spent nearly 10 months in hospitals throughout the country, having numerous surgeries and dealing with other serious complications. Claudale talks about Brians journey and the time she spent with him during those days away from home and her support system. 

Brian’s community rallied behind him, they sent letters, made t-shirts, and so many people had Blue for Brian yard signs; in fact there are still several out even today that I see in our community. 

As I personally reflect on the events of that day, there is a quote on the ODMP website that comes to mind - it reads: “When a police officer is killed, it’s not an agency that loses an officer, it’s an entire nation” – when Brian was injured no one knew if he would survive - the impact of this event touched so many people, and still does to this day, including Brian’s family, friends, co-workers who were with Brian that day, his entire agency, and the Wichita community;

In addition to being Brian’s sole care-giver, Claudale tells us she is starting the next chapter in her life with a career in counseling; she is finishing up her schooling and wants to work with other first responders and their families.  She knows first hand what it’s like to do the job, survive tragedy, and now wants to give back and serve others who selflessly serve our community.

When we first started the podcast, the mission was to educate and inform,  first responders and their families.  But now, I think it’s imperative that everyone listens and here’s why.  At a time when not only law enforcement but all public safety professions are struggling to hire and retain personnel, it is imperative that we come together so we can do more to support those who are willing to do the things most others are not.  When Brian went to work the day his life changed forever, he had been doing that for over 25 years – just the same as all of our first responders.  We need to come together as a community and do a better job serving them (first responders) because if they are mentally, physically, and emotionally healthy, they will better serve their community. THIS is police reform at it’s most fundamental level.

I hope you enjoy this episode, and please, if you find value in this episode, please share it, give us a review, and if you’d like to be notified of future episodes you can subscribe here on our Podbean website or email us at wendy@bluelineyoga.com.

 

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Tactical Tip Tuesday - Microcast 17

Tactical Tip Tuesday - Microcast 17

November 17, 2021

Tactical Tip Tuesday is a weekly microcast where we will share a tip, tool, or dose of inspiration for the week ahead.

This week: We Are All Connected

 

Also, I want to thank all of the Guns & Yoga Podcast listeners, as well as each of my awesome guests, for helping us reach 5000 downloads. We could not have done it without every single one of you! Thank You!!

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And finally, as I mention at the end of this podcast,  I am launching a program in January 2022 called Radical Resilience.  If you want to build resilience and adaptability into your physiology by optimizing the rhythm of your daily habits, want to tap into your unique purpose and potential, and learn these habits in a dynamic group setting then this program could be for you.  One thing I have learned from peer support is that evolution happens faster and easier in a group and improves success in achieving goals. 

If you struggle with low energy, overwhelm, chronic pain, inflammation, difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, irritability, or burnout the curriculum is based on 10 holistic habits that help you feel your best regardless of what stage of life you are in.  Radical Resilience empowers you with the knowledge and practical tools to thrive and heal. These are things I have been teaching to first responders for years, but putting it together for a small group over several months in a group setting has been shown to improve success in achieving goals. If you are interested in learning more about the program you can email me at: wendy@bluelineyoga.com or reach out to me on Linkedin.

Wendy

 

Episode #23: From Police Officer to Police Psychologist – A Conversation with Dr. Stephanie Conn

Episode #23: From Police Officer to Police Psychologist – A Conversation with Dr. Stephanie Conn

November 2, 2021

Welcome to Episode 23 of the Guns and Yoga Podcast, my name is Wendy Hummell

In today’s episode I speak with Dr. Stephanie Conn.  She is a former dispatcher and police officer turned police psychologist.  In talking with Dr. Conn, it is obvious this work is in her blood.  She grew up as the daughter of a police officer and ended up married to one.  Dr. Conn explains that her career path was the result of seeing a need and filling it.  After the death of someone at her agency, she realized the missing piece at her agency was a culturally competent therapist to work with their peer support team.  So, what’s a girl to do?  She made the decision to leave her career in law enforcement and pursue her PHD  - with every intention of returning to police work.  Although that didn’t happen the way she planned, the work she now does with peer support teams and first responders locally and across the nation is vitally important

Dr. Conn is also the author of Increasing Resilience in Police and Emergency Personnel.

In this episode, we discuss so many important and relevant topics one of which is police identity.  Dr. Conn discusses research from her book in which she notes that personality changes within first 6 months of entering the academy.  She gives an account of an interview with a career firefighter who said he did not want to retire because, "he didn’t want to go from a hero to a zero” .  Dr. Conn trains on the topic of resilience and cant stress enough how first responders must not defer a life of enjoyment for the day after we retire; she specifically mentions those who never take sick time and sacrifice relationships and all other areas of their life for the job. 

Dr. Conn explains the hazards of organizational betrayal and moral injury and the compounding impact of feeling betrayed by those who are supposed to be looking out for you and how this could lead to undermining our faith in humanity – She explains the connect and protect theory in neuroscience that If I can’t connect to you because I have to protect myself against you, then maybe I have to protect myself against everyone else too.

We talk Peer Support, what makes a good first responder clinician and her  TEAM acronym which stands for: Therapy, Educators, Assist, and Management when referring to the myriad of skillsets of a culturally competent clinician.

LINKS:

COPS vetting guide

Dr. Jamie Brower

Contact Dr. Conn (First Responder Psychology)

Edmonton Police Reintegration Program Podcast

Dr. Conn's Book: Increasing Resilience in Police and Emergency Personnel

Tactical Tip Tuesday - Microcast 16 - THE TACTICAL HABITS SERIES

Tactical Tip Tuesday - Microcast 16 - THE TACTICAL HABITS SERIES

October 19, 2021

Tactical Tip Tuesday is a weekly microcast where we will share a tip, tool, or dose of inspiration for the week ahead.

 

THE TACTICAL HABITS SERIES

This week: Tactical Habit 4 - Addressing Burnout & Chronic Inflammation

 

As I mention in this podcast,  I am launching a program in January 2022 called Radical Resilience.  If you want to build resilience and adaptability into your physiology by optimizing the rhythm of your daily habits, want to tap into your unique purpose and potential, and learn these habits in a dynamic group setting then this program could be for you.  One thing I have learned from peer support is that evolution happens faster and easier in a group and improves success in achieving goals. 

If you struggle with low energy, overwhelm, chronic pain, inflammation, difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, irritability, or burnout the curriculum is based on 10 holistic habits that help you feel your best regardless of what stage of life you are in.  Radical Resilience empowers you with the knowledge and practical tools to thrive and heal. These are things I have been teaching to first responders for years, but putting it together for a small group over several months in a group setting has been shown to improve success in achieving goals. If you are interested in learning more about the program you can email me at: wendy@bluelineyoga.com or reach out to me on Linkedin.

LINK: Radical Resilience with Wendy Hummell: Chronic Inflammation & Burnout

Episode #22: Rodger Ruge - Navagating Adversity

Episode #22: Rodger Ruge - Navagating Adversity

October 13, 2021

In today’s episode I spoke with retired police veteran, Rodger Ruge.  Rodger is the author of Navigating Adversity Tactical Self Care for First Responders, podcast host, professional trainer, and resilience coach. 

We discuss Rodger’s career, how police officers tend to over identify with their careers his passion to guide other first responders to be healthier, he discusses an incident that led to his PTSD diagnosis that he refers to as his triggering incident and we wrap up with a brief meditation.

Rodger discusses his healing journey and his realization that his engagement in high risk behavior at work and in her personal life were disguised as his daily attempt to take his life.  When Rodger finally decided to get help, stigma was a huge factor, but he knew he needed to sacrifice outing himself rather than lose everything.

Rodger also explains the Return on Investment in a three minute mindfulness practice he walks us through. 

LINKS:

Link to his book  Navigating Adversity:  Tactical Self Care for First Responders

Connect with Rodger on Linkedin

 

ONE LAST THING

I have an exciting announcement.  I am launching a program in January 2022 called Radical Resilience.  If you want to build resilience and adaptability into your physiology by optimizing the rhythm of your daily habits, want to tap into your unique purpose and potential, and learn these habits in a dynamic group setting then this program could be for you.  One thing I have learned from peer support is that evolution happens faster and easier in a group and improves success in achieving goals. 

If you struggle with low energy, overwhelm, chronic pain, inflammation, difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, irritability, or burnout the curriculum is based on 10 holistic habits that help you feel your best regardless of what stage of life you are in.  Radical Resilience empowers you with the knowledge and practical tools to thrive and heal. These are things I have been teaching to first responders for years, but putting it together for a small group over several months in a group setting has been shown to improve success in achieving goals. If you are interested in learning more about the program you can email me at: wendy@bluelineyoga.com or reach out to me on Linkedin.

 

Tactical Tip Tuesday - Microcast 15 - THE TACTICAL HABITS SERIES

Tactical Tip Tuesday - Microcast 15 - THE TACTICAL HABITS SERIES

September 28, 2021

Tactical Tip Tuesday is a weekly microcast where we will share a tip, tool, or dose of inspiration for the week ahead.

 

THE TACTICAL HABITS SERIES

This week: Tactical Habit 3 - Start Your Day Right

 

Episode #21: Amy Morgan – Academy Hour

Episode #21: Amy Morgan – Academy Hour

September 21, 2021

Welcome to episode 21 of the Guns and Yoga podcast, my name is Wendy Hummell. 

In today’s episode I speak with Amy Morgan, founder and CEO of  Academy Hour, an online platform offering mental health training for first responders. 

I had a lot of fun talking to Amy – fun may seem like an odd word choice, but when I get to meet and talk to people who are as passionate and enthusiastic about first responder wellness as Amy is, I’m in my happy place –  it’s encouraging to know there are good people out there dedicated to supporting our cops, firefighters, EMS, and dispatchers. 

Amy and I discussed how she offers numerous classes free of charge to first responders such as ethics, leadership, suicide prevention, burnout, trauma, addiction, and more. 

Amy discusses how she created Academy Hour out of a need to fill a gap -she noticed an interest amongst first responders she worked with at the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation in mental health training.  She began teaching classes on trauma and ptsd and the rest is history. 

Amy’s passion for her work is apparent and drives her to create valuable content that is greatly needed.  She developed an on line peer support training and the certified first responder counselor certification training and is working on a program for retirees.

If you are a first responder who is interested in taking classes from Academy Hour, you can learn more at https://www.academyhour.com/ or email  Info@AcademyHour.com

If you find value in this episode, please share it, give us a review, and if you’d like to be notified of future episodes you can subscribe on our podbean website or email us at wendy@bluelineyoga.com

I would love to hear from you with questions, suggestions for future guests or topics you’d like to hear about - you can email wendy@bluelineyoga.com or reach out to me on Linkedin at https://www.linkedin.com/in/wendy-hummell-b48653186/.

Tactical Tip Tuesday - Microcast 14 - THE TACTICAL HABITS SERIES

Tactical Tip Tuesday - Microcast 14 - THE TACTICAL HABITS SERIES

September 7, 2021

Tactical Tip Tuesday is a weekly microcast where we will share a tip, tool, or dose of inspiration for the week ahead.

 

THE TACTICAL HABITS SERIES

This week: Tactical Habit 2 - Sleep: Don't Steal Energy from Tomorrow

 

Episode #20: Jonathan Hickory – Break Every Chain

Episode #20: Jonathan Hickory – Break Every Chain

September 1, 2021

Welcome to episode 20 of the Guns and Yoga podcast, my name is Wendy Hummell.  In today’s episode I talk with Jonathan Hickory.  He’s been a police officer for 18 years in Virginia and is the award winning author of the book Break Every Chain that is now a powerful award winning movie.

I reached out to Jonathan after seeing a facebook post about his book.  As I often do when I stumble upon interesting people, I did a little stalking and reached out to him on Linkedin.  Jonathan and I exchanged a few emails before recording this episode, and although I only just met him he's one of those guys that’s so easy to talk to and who I feel like I’ve known for years.  The reason why Jonathan’s story struck such a chord with me is that so much of what he says is familiar; some of his story rings true to me personally, and other aspects remind me of friends, peers, and co-workers. 

Which reminded me why storytelling is so powerful, and one of the best ways to teach, influence, and inspire.  It forges connections among us; our culture; our unique sister and brotherhood.  Hearing stories like Jonathans helps us relate on an intuitive level like no other and reminds us we are not alone.

We discuss the loss of his father and the pain of being bullied as a teen, his  experience of trying to reach out to an experienced officer for help and shame he felt when he was shut down with the old school mentality.  

 Jonathan’s unresolved trauma led him down a path of self- destruction; he talks about how he went from Officer of the Year to landing in IA, being stripped of his badge and gun, and the worst part was being ordered not to talk to anyone.

 Jonathan candidly discusses how his work as a fatal crash investigator impacted him and how the devastating loss of his second child hardened his heart. He credits his healing to both his faith based marriage counselor and police psychologist, the support of his loving wife, Stacey, his three beautiful children, and his faith in god. 

LINKS:

The Movie: Breakeverychainmovie.com

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The Book: Get it here on AMAZON

Tactical Tip Tuesday - Microcast 13 - THE TACTICAL HABITS SERIES

Tactical Tip Tuesday - Microcast 13 - THE TACTICAL HABITS SERIES

August 25, 2021

Tactical Tip Tuesday is a weekly microcast where we will share a tip, tool, or dose of inspiration for the week ahead.

 

THE TACTICAL HABITS SERIES

This week: Tactical Habit 1 - Earlier, Lighter Dinner

 

Episode #19: Dr. Jennifer Prohaska – KC area Police Psyhcologist with Insight Public Safety

Episode #19: Dr. Jennifer Prohaska – KC area Police Psyhcologist with Insight Public Safety

August 18, 2021

Dr. Jennifer Prohaska, PhD, has a postdoctoral fellowship in Neurorehabilitation Psychology and received a Bachelor of Arts, Master’s Degree and a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Kansas.
Dr. Prohaska has spent nearly two decades focused on the needs of those on the front lines.  Her passion is to help those who help others by providing the critical tools needed to navigate the stressors they experience on a daily basis.  

She has conducted extensive research on: Prevention of PTSD in First Responders; Effective Treatment Modalities for First Responders; Building Resiliency in First Responders; Modification of Empirically Supported Treatments for First Responders; New Hire Selection of Police Officers; Depression, specifically biological factors; Childhood Trauma and Resiliency

From her website:

“For first responders—the firefighters, police officers, military personnel, emergency dispatchers, EMTs and others who keep us safe—work can mean close encounters with danger, chaos and tragedy, sometimes on a daily basis.  Over time, exposure to such stress can take a toll on first responders’ mental and physical health.  I’ve dedicated my professional life to help these heroes navigate the treacherous waters they encounter every day…because they deserve it.”

LINKS:

https://www.insightpublicsafety.com

Tactical Tip Tuesday #12

Tactical Tip Tuesday #12

August 10, 2021

This week I share an episode of the Evolve to Harmony Podcast hosted By Carole Westerman. In this episode the tables are turned and I am the guest and the one answering questions instead of asking them. I thought this would be a great way to not only share Carole's excellent new podcast, but to also give my listeners an opportunity to learn a little bit more about me. 

LINKS:

evolvetoharmony.com

Evolve to Harmony Podcast

and, as always, I can be reached directly at: wendy@bluelineyoga.com

Episode #18: FAB FEMALE ALERT: Shawna McClure

Episode #18: FAB FEMALE ALERT: Shawna McClure

August 3, 2021

Welcome to episode 18 of the Guns and Yoga podcast, my name is Wendy Hummell.  In today’s episode I talk with Shawna McClure. Shawna recently retired from a 25 year career in law enforcement, her most recent assignment was with the Omaha Police Department. 

In my conversation with Shawna, it dawned on me that she is the first female cop I’ve had on the show.  Law Enforcement is still predominantly male and only 12-14% of cops are women which isn’t much different than 25 years ago when Shawna and I first started out.  We discuss challenges women in this career field face when it comes to balancing family and motherhood and the bond some female offers share.

We also talk about some things that could be difficult for some to hear.  Shawna openly speaks about her PTSD diagnosis, her suicide attempt, and the call that broke her - 

On May 20th, 2015, Shawna responded to a call in which her friend and fellow officer,  Detective Kerrie Orozco was shot and killed in the line of duty just one day prior to going on maternity leave.  Kerrie’s daughter was born premature and after three months was getting released from the hospital and going home for the first time.

Having had two premature children who spent 55 and 38 days respectively in the NICU before coming home, I remember how hearing about this case personally impacted me.

Shawna shares her lowest point, her suicide attempt, and the support her husband and family have played in her path to healing in addition to resources like therapy, RX, the organization’s below:

LINKS:

WCPR:  https://www.frsn.org/west-coast-post-trauma-retreat.html

C.O.P.S. :  https://www.concernsofpolicesurvivors.org/

 

Tactical Tip Tuesday - Microcast 11

Tactical Tip Tuesday - Microcast 11

July 28, 2021

Tactical Tip Tuesday is a weekly microcast where we will share a tip, tool, or dose of inspiration for the week ahead.

This week: A Growth Mindset

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